Welcome to the Air League’s Air Education Resources and Opportunities (AERO) Portal where we will be sharing online learning materials and other helpful and fun resources with you. New content will launch weekly covering a multitude of topics such as skills development, employability and inspirational talks from Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals from our industries.
We’ve teamed with British Airways and put together a collection of small and easily digestible videos and activities to help you develop your skills. Visit the Inspire Academy website to find out more.
British Airways has also compiled a learning portal called Speedbird Z. It contains resources to help you get started on your career journey into aviation and beyond. The resources are free – all you need to do is sign up.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
The Marshall Centre are offering free Project Management training through their website. Project Management skills are useful at any age and across a variety of different settings. They provide us with a structured framework to which to work to and you can save a lot of time and effort by implementing these basics in any line of work or education. Best Practice in project management isn’t just for project managers, they help everyone be more effective.
This course specifically focuses on planning, stakeholder management, schedule management and risk management principles.
Pilot Recruitment and Development
Less aircraft are flying over the skies of the UK currently, which means that as a result, many job losses could occur especially effecting pilots and other operational members of staff. There are several things you can do to maintain and enhance your CV, and skill set. Find out Jet Pathway’s perspective on what you can do now.
The Flight Pad simulator facility is located at the University of West London (UWL) and provides affordable simulator experiences both for UWL students but also members of the public. These experiences are delivered by a cohort of professional pilots from the commercial world who want to share their experience and knowledge with future pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Due the current disruption and the facility being shut, the Flight Pad team have been busy working on offering advice and guidance through free online resources aimed at both aspiring as well as professional pilots. The content ranges from employability skills and flying training advice to skills and competency development and technical case studies. To sign up to the newsletters and content brought to you by the Flight Pad team, visit the link below.
Getting Ready for Work
As part of our Soaring to Success Initiative, we delivered the following presentation to 550 Year 9 students in Barnsley. The presentation centres around what you can do to get ready for the world of work and the importance of interpersonal skills alongside academic achievements.
Exploring Aviation and Aerospace
Boeing has produced a website called Boeing Future U which provides future focussed educational resources that explore different topics such as sustainability and space travel. There are virtual field trips for the younger students as well as other resources aimed at everyone. So if you want to find out more about Boeing’s work getting us to Space, Mars, infinity and beyond, the site is well worth a visit. Below is a video exploring Boeing’s Starliner programme.
City in the Sky
Back in 2016, the BBC and Open University produced a series called ‘City in the Sky’. Although a few years old, it’s well worth a re-visit as there are some interesting episodes to explore including lightening strikes, aircraft graveyards and falling ill on aircraft. Ever been asked to explained how planes fly? The link below contains a relatively simple and well-illustrated version that doesn’t involve magic or fairy dust. Check it out here.
Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals
The next edition of Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals will take place in June via Facebook Live – Date to be announced shortly. The Air League will be talking to Pete Stratten, the Chief Executive of the British Gliding Association.
Pete was introduced to aviation through gliding at aged 14. With a passion sparked (and in 1979 there were not that many options for a Grammar school boy in rural Lincolnshire!), Pete joined the RAF as an Aircraft Engineering Technician. Having joined the RAF during a period of huge investment, Pete was employed in support of Hunters and Jaguars at Lossiemouth, and then the mighty Tornado at Marham, Laarbruch and Cottesmore. Throughout that period, Pete built up a lot of gliding experience in his spare time at gliding clubs on RAF bases, both as a gliding instructor and competition pilot. He was the Deputy CFI of his local gliding club at 23. The disbandment of the Tri-National element of the Tornado Training Establishment at Cottesmore in the early 1990’s was an opportunity (as described by the Squadron boss!) for many people to apply for their dream jobs. Pete was fortunate to be asked to join the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) establishment at RAF Bicester – and didn’t look back.
The JSAT(G) unit tasking involved annual delivery and development of adventurous training gliding instruction to some 300 tri-service military personnel on week-long courses, delivery of other aviation-linked personal development opportunities, and last but not least maintenance of a large fleet of supporting GA aeroplanes and gliders. All the staff were serving RAF with huge amounts of sport gliding experience. Pete served in most roles during his long tour, including nearly four years as Chief Flying Instructor.
During his time serving in the RAF, Pete also took on a number of volunteer roles in gliding, including as Chairman of the BGA Safety Committee.
In 2004, Pete was employed by the BGA in a newly developed role as Chief Executive Officer. He heads a small professional team of support staff that, with the additional vital support of expert volunteers, deliver the whole range of support needed by the UK’s 80 gliding clubs, their membership and some 2300 aircraft. As an advocate of proportionate and where possible self-regulation, Pete was a member of the Governments GA Red Tape Challenge team and has represented the UK’s interests on EASA rulemaking working groups. He is currently the co-chair of the APPG on GA Airspace Group. Outside the day job, Pete is a keen soaring and racing glider pilot, instructor and examiner, and occasional GA aeroplane pilot.
Major Tim Peake
On the 4th May 2020, we had the great honour of doing a live Q&A with Major Tim Peake. He shares his thoughts on a variety of topics including advice to aspiring astronauts and aviators.
Tim is a former Apache pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and a European Space Agency astronaut. A veteran of eighteen years military service, Tim has flown over 3000 hours on operations worldwide. For a full bio of Tim’s career, click here.
You can watch the Q&A below.